March 30th Audio Conference - Understanding & Responding to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Acute and chronic post-traumatic stress reactions present with a range of symptoms which can be a challenge to manage in a skilled nursing environment. In the case of chronic PTSD, these symptoms are unbound by time and persist years after the initial trauma. Chronic PTSD is often complicated by a significant disturbance in mood, avoidant behaviors, exaggerated reactions and an overlay of substance abuse developed over the years as a nonproductive strategy to alleviate painful emotional symptoms, particularly anxiety. This presentation will help foster a better understanding of how PTSD develops and persists, as well as differentiating it from other mental health issues. It will also focus on ways of helping a resident who has experienced trauma through increasing the awareness of staff so they can make the appropriate attributions for the emotional and behavioral difficulties they encounter. Since a post- trauma reaction has multiple contributing factors, so do helpful clinical responses. Our approach should not only be based on medical management, but also include psychological, interpersonal, and environmental efforts that are well integrated in to the daily care routine and actively promoted by the interdisciplinary team. Click here for additional details.